Meteorologist: Lambert tornado at least an EF3
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The National Weather Service says a tornado that socked St. Louis' Lambert Airport and nearby suburbs was at least an EF3 on the tornado-strength scale and followed an eerily similar path as a devastating 1967 twister than left an estimated $15 million damage.
Meteorologist Scott Truett says survey crews with the weather
service's office near St. Louis are still assessing the twister that barreled through the area Friday night, closing Lambert Airport and sending five people to the hospital.
An EF3 tornado carries wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph.
The weather service say the 1967 twister measuring EF4 -- with peak winds up to 200 mph -- ripped a 21-mile-long path of destruction across St. Louis County, killing three people and injuring more than 200 others.